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Konnichiwa! A look at Disney in Japan
Special: A look inside the Tokyo DisneySea attractions!

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Part Five: The Magic Lamp Theater & Sinbad's Seven Voyages (continued)

We pass under an arched bridge and are introduced to Sinbad himself.

The Magic Lamp Theater & Sinbad's Seven Voyages

Our Hero is proudly standing on the bow of his ship, telling us the first of many tales. He speaks all in Japanese, though anyone familiar with the stories of Sinbad should understand most of what is going on.

The Magic Lamp Theater & Sinbad's Seven Voyages

There are many, many animatronic figures used throughout this attraction. However they are not full scale, life-sized figures like those found on Pirates, they are also not the simplistic, barely articulated dolls found on Small World. Rather they split the difference, being comical in proportion and design, yet extremely well articulated and fluid in movement.

The Magic Lamp Theater & Sinbad's Seven Voyages

These figures have a very wide range of movement. Think of the witch from the Great Movie Ride at Disney MGM Studios, most of these figures move that smoothly and that quickly. In fact some have an even greater range of movement. As a net result, this is not a stiff Small World like experience at all.

The Magic Lamp Theater & Sinbad's Seven Voyages

On the down side the environments are simple and do not attempt to create a fully immersive experience. If you look up you will likely see a ceiling painted black. The designers have not only made no attempt to hide the edges of the backdrops, they have gone as far as to decorate them! They are going for a look not unlike illustrations in a children's book which have come to fluid life.

The Magic Lamp Theater & Sinbad's Seven Voyages

In a book you can plainly see the edges of the page or the borders of the illustration, likewise on Sinbadís Seven Voyages you can see where the fantasy ends and reality begins. This came as a bit of a disappointment to me, I much prefer a fully themed environment that can really envelope you in itís space.

The Magic Lamp Theater & Sinbad's Seven Voyages

After meeting Sinbad we pass through a series of sets depicting market places, merchants and belly dancers.

The Magic Lamp Theater & Sinbad's Seven Voyages

Soon we pass into a cave and the bright colors disappear. Here it is raining and the sirens of the sea beckon us to join them. Lightning flashes, thunder clashes and the high pitched sing song of the sirens echoes through our ears.

The Magic Lamp Theater & Sinbad's Seven Voyages

We again see Sinbad, this time in peril as he struggles to keep his cargo from sinking with his smashed boat. The score is a wonderfully theatrical piece and sets the tone perfectly. This is yet another example of the near perfect mix of music found throughout the park.

The Magic Lamp Theater & Sinbad's Seven Voyages

Soon we pass a series of giant eggs. Some eggs are hatching as huge birds pop through.

The Magic Lamp Theater & Sinbad's Seven Voyages

From above we see the mother bird, angry at Sinbadís crew she has a sailor in her grasp she shrieks in anger as we pass under her massive wingspan.

The Magic Lamp Theater & Sinbad's Seven Voyages


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